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Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe with Cranberry and Orange

This spiced Gin Fizz cocktail features homemade simple syrup, fresh orange juice and one egg white. The egg white balances the sweetness and gives the cocktail a smooth texture and deliciously frothy topping!

Move over gin and tonic, I’ve met my new favorite cocktail: the Gin Fizz. In our Gin Fizz recipe, the classic cocktail gets a festive makeover with the addition of fresh orange juice and a homemade spiced cranberry simple syrup, crowned with a luscious, frothy egg white topping!

Pink gin fizz cocktail in a glass garnished with cranberries and star anise.

Gin Fizz Ingredients

A traditional Gin Fizz recipe calls for gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white and soda water. This festive Gin Fizz variation gets a makeover by replacing the lemon juice with orange juice and using a spiced cranberry simple syrup. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Gin
  • Orange juice
  • Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • Egg white
  • Soda water

And while a classic Gin Fizz is garnished with a lemon slice, we like to use cranberries and star anise for this holiday-inspired version!

A note on egg whites. The cocktail’s smooth, frothy texture comes from the egg white. When properly handled, the risks of consuming egg whites in cocktails are minimal. That being said, we still like to use pasteurized eggs. The pasteurization process kills bacteria, but also results in a less flavorful egg. For us the benefits outweigh the costs, but you can decide for yourself! And if you can’t find pasteurized eggs, we’ve found that boxed liquid egg whites work well (although we do need to shake them a bit longer).

Hendrick's gin, cranberry simple syrup, orange and egg ready to make gin fizz.

Step By Step Instructions

How to Make Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup

To make the simple syrup, start by heating the water and sugar over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then toss in your spices and cranberries — fresh and frozen both work well!

Simmer the mixture over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes or until most of the cranberries burst. Use the back of your spoon to mash any unburst berries. Now just strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth and let it cool to room temperature before using!

How to Make a Gin Fizz Cocktail

This gin fizz cocktail recipe can be made in three easy steps:

  1. Combine the gin, orange juice, spiced simple syrup and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (this just means without ice) the mixture rigorously.
  2. Add ice and shake. Continue shaking until well-chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a glass, top with soda water and enjoy! 

A Gin Fizz with egg white is typically served in a highball or Collins glass, but I opted for a coupe glass here for a more festive presentation.

FAQs

What type of gin should I use?

We prefer a London Dry Gin, such as Tanqueray or Beefeater, for this Gin Fizz recipe. They’re both good-quality gins that are reasonably priced.

Can I make this cocktail without egg whites?

Yes! Omitting the egg whites will give you a cocktail without the creamy frothiness, but the soda water will still add a bit of fizziness.

Can I make this gin fizz recipe vegan and still get the frothy topping?

Yes! I’ve tested this recipe by replacing the egg white with 1 oz of aquafaba and it worked perfectly!

What is the difference between a Gin Fizz and a Tom Collins?

A Tom Collins is made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and soda water. There is no egg white and it is often garnished with a lemon or orange slice and maraschino cherry.

What is the difference between Gin Fizz and Gin Sour?

A Gin Sour is a mixture of gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. It does not contain soda water and lacks the fizziness of a Gin Fizz.

Gin fizz in a glass with frothy egg white topping.

Expert Tips

  • Use fresh orange juice. Freshly squeezed orange juice will give this Gin Fizz recipe a brighter flavor.
  • Chill the glasses. Place empty glasses in the freezer for 15-30 minutes before using to ensure your cocktail stays nice and cold. If you’re short on time, try adding ice water to the glass for a few minutes and then pouring it out before making the cocktail.
  • Use pasteurized egg whites. If you’re concerned about using raw egg whites, you can use pasteurized egg whites, which have been treated to prevent the risk of foodborne illnesses.
  • Adjust sweetness to taste. Control the sweetness of your drink by adding more or less simple syrup.

Cocktail Variations

And if you’re looking to switch things up, make sure to try out these Gin Fizz variations:

  • Sloe Gin Fizz. A Sloe Gin Fizz is made with sloe gin, which is made from sloe berries. Sloe gin can be sweeter than regular gin, so adjust the simple syrup to taste.
  • Ramos Gin Fizz. A Ramos Gin Fizz (also called a New Orleans Fizz) is a Gin Fizz variation that includes heavy cream, egg white and orange flower water. 
Overhead view of frothy cocktail made with egg white.

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Pink gin fizz cocktail in a glass garnished with cranberries and star anise.

Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe


  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 20 minutes
    • Category: drinks
    • Method: cocktail
    • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

For One Cocktail

  • 1.5 ounces (50 ml) gin
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) orange juice
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) simple syrup (recipe for spiced cranberry simple syrup below)
  • 1 large egg white*
  • soda water to taste

Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (100 grams) cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1.5-inch (4cm) fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 3 pieces

Instructions

Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup

  1. Heat the water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the cranberries, cinnamon stick, star anise and ginger and simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst. Use the back of a spoon to mash any unburst cranberries to release their juices.
  3. Strain the syrup and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Spiced Gin Fizz

  1. Add the gin, orange juice, simple syrup and egg white to a cocktail shaker and vigorously dry shake (without ice) for 20 seconds.
  2. Add 5 ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and continue shaking until well-chilled.
  3. Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass and top with soda water.

Notes

Egg whites: I recommend using pasteurized eggs in this recipe if you have any concerns about consuming raw eggs. Pasteurized eggs have been treated to eliminate the risk of foodborne illnesses. For a vegan alternative, replace the egg white with 1 oz aquafaba.

Keywords: gin fizz, spiced gin fizz, cranberry simple syrup

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